What Makes Leader A Leader?

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What makes a leader a leader? Are leaders born or are they shaped by their experiences? Do we follow leaders because we believe in the same ideology or simply because they are charismatic? Many theories argue many ways a leader is made, yet it is truly not crystal clear what makes a leader a leader. We will present four leaders, Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric, whose forty-year career at General Electric led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, and against brutal competition. His honest, “be-the-best” style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits. Second, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor who is registered as an independent yet her rulings and opinions have left both liberals and conservatives perplexed by her leanings. She has been described as both outspoken and brash on the bench. Next, Pope Francis the first Latin American Pope to lead the approximate 1.2 billion Catholics world -wide. He has been described as courageous; he challenges the world of “why” the haves and the have-nots are divided. Energetic, at his 76 years he demonstrates abundant energy and isn’t afraid to show joy in a plain manner. His simplicity and humility have attracted followers to see him as a leader they can relate to. Finally, Muammar Gaddafi, whose leadership spanned over 40 years and had many layers in Libya. He was a

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